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Shrinking Violet

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 22:45

A much better day today - only a few showers (though it is raining again now) and the worst of the flooding seems to have subsided.  Amazing how nature moves in at great speed - saw egrets and heron trying their luck on a flooded field!

Yes, we are the village between Exmoor and the sea, and Porlock is blessed with its own microclimate, which often means the worst of the weather hits the hills rather than us.  But the water has to go somewhere, hence the flood plan being in place!  The stream (well, river at the moment) has had banks strengthened etc to try to prevent the flooding that happened in the past.  Seems to be working (fingerscrossedsmiley).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 22:22

Still raining - but not as heavily as before.  We avoided the floods, but the next village came within an inch of being deluged.  Several other places have fared badly, but the week's forecast is for colder but drier weather thank goodness.  (If anyone saw Countryfile today, you will have seen us as the first village to have a full flood action plan in place.  How lucky we are to have avoided the worst).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 16:03

A brief respite today and the sun has helped to dry things out a bit.  Managed to get into the garden, and plant up some tubs with tulip bulbs.  Now that felt quite therapeutic - but, oh dear, there's more rain on the way, and it's clouding up right now.

(Mario Lanza, Frank - was one of my mother's favourites.  Such a shame that his career was short, and his voice was never fully exploited.  But his recording of some Christmas Carols is still a delight every year!)

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 17:08

West Somerset:  wet.  Very.     windy.  Very.  Roads flooded, garden sodden.  For once the weather forecast was spot on. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 23:16

It was even worse today - thick fog in places that didn't lift all day.  Tonight it's raining.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 20:02

Dark, damp, dank, misty, murky. 

No sun.  No warmth.  No let-up in the misery.  November!

(with apologies to Thomas Hood who penned the much better, November poem!).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 15:28

A bit distracted for the past few days - but latest update from the West country (ie West Somerset) is - grey, cloudy but -  "hold the front page!" - dry!!! 

Grass grows longer (still) but is too wet to cut.  Toadstools pop up all over the place - oh, well, it is autumn!

What's for tea?

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 14:37

Roast Exmoor lamb with plenty of garlic stuffed into slits in the skin, with onions, rosemary and cider to sit it on (makes a wonderful gravy).  Usual roast potatoes and parsnips with lots of green veg to accompany it, with mint sauce, of course.  Apple pie and custard for dessert.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 14:29

Heavy showers both yesterday and today - and pretty cold, too.  Danced in and out of the showers and managed to get my dahlias lifted (they're now upside-down to dry off a bit) and planted my garlic in modules.

Garden is a quagmire, so nothing possible in the borders etc.  My brussels and winter cabbages look very sorry for themselves.  I may have to resort to buying greens for Christmas!  And it's our normal tradition to go down the garden on Christmas morning to pick fresh for lunch.  No wonder farmers are so fed up with the weather.

What's for tea?

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 21:47

Rainbow trout with chestnut mushrooms, broccoli, carrots and peas.  Yummy!

Trying to think for a non-dried-fruit Christmas pudding - is it just the vine fruits that are the problem?  If so, other fruits could be substituted eg apricots, prunes, dates (which I put in my pudding with vine fruits anyway) and lots of glace fruits - pineapple, peaches, cherries, ginger, angelica.  You used to be able to get the mixed glace fruits from Julian Graves, but I don't know of a reliable source now.

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